ROME: Joseph Nyuma Boakai alias, “JNB,” and political leader of the opposition Unity Party (UP), is currently visiting Italy in Europe, where he has been having discussions with cross sessions of Italian business leaders and philanthropic organizations in an effort to explore business and investment opportunities for Liberia.
Ambassador Boakai departed the country for a week-long visit following a huge vote of confidence reposed in him by partisans at the just-ended Unity Party convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, to lead the Unity Party in the 2023 Legislative and Presidential elections.
It can be recalled during the convention in Gbarnga, VP Boakai mentioned that it was time to go all out and whip much needed support for the Unity Party ahead of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections in the country.
His charged was also directed at members of the UP particularly the new team of leaders whose ascendency, according to political pundits, has sent shockwaves in the ruling establishment.
“The People say, we don’t have money but I encourage you Mr. Chairman that before the conduct of the election, make sure that party tour the fifteen counties of the country,” Boakai lamented.
For his dedicated services to Liberia and humanity, the Ordo Equistris Templi Arcadia, Noble Dynastic Order of Roma, Italy conferred on Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., as Grand Councilor and Grand Officer ad Vitam of the Order at a grand ceremony attended by members of the Grand Council of High Dignitaries of the Order.
The Grand Master, Valentino Zanzarell, during the ceremony indicated, that he was” honored and had the pleasure” to have received the Unity Party Leader at their headquarters because “given the institutional merits he has had”.
For his part, receiving the Order, Ambassador Boakai thanked the organization for the honor and assured them of his continued services to mankind and his country.
Ambassador Boakai continues his week-long visit to Italy, meeting with a cross-section of investors and Italian philanthropists who expressed their desire to work with the Joseph N. Boakai Foundation to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to Liberians.
Meanwhile, the former Vice President is expected back home this week.